Common Motor Vehicle Accidents and Related Injuries
Posted in Personal Injury on May 22, 2018
A personal injury is when a person suffers any kind of injury to his/her body, emotions or mind caused due to another person’s carelessness or negligence or due to motor vehicle accidents. Personal injury also includes injuries that become fatal and result in the wrongful death of a person. Typically, personal injury comes under the purview of Tort Law or Personal Injury Law.
Along with motor vehicle accidents, personal injury is also caused due to:
- Workplace accidents
- Slip and trip accidents
- Medical negligence
A person who has suffered any damages due to personal injury can claim damages which are classified under – special damages and general damages.
- Special Damages: These are essentially damages which can be measured easily such as loss of earnings, medical expenses and other such related expenses.
- General Damages: These are usually more complex and cover aspects such as loss of life’s conveniences, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, etc.
An auto accident of any kind can be extremely stressful. Apart from experiencing the agonies of the injuries related to the accident itself, you are faced with the additional stress of medical expenses, physical, as well as, emotional trauma and suffering, vehicle damage and earnings that are lost because of the inability to work during this period. All this can get extremely overwhelming and quite difficult to handle.
California Car Accident Statistics
Motor vehicle accidents are quite common and according to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), in the year 2015, there were around 6.33 million crashes and around 2.44 million people were injured in car collisions in the U.S. Other car accident statistics in the U.S. and California in 2015 are:
In the U.S.
- Around 35,092 people lost their lives in vehicular accidents.
- Around 48% of the vehicle occupants who were fatally injured in the crash were not wearing seatbelts.
- Around 29% of fatalities in the U.S, involved alcohol.
- There were 4,382 drivers involved in fatal accidents.
- 955 of the fatal accidents occurred due to speeding.
- 914 of the fatal crashes occurred because the driver was intoxicated.
In case you are a victim of a car accident, then it is a good idea to consult an auto accident attorney, who can:
- Assess your accident properly.
- Calculate your losses.
- Ensure that you get the right medical treatment.
- Evaluate your injuries and examine the medical evidence.
- Help you to maximize your compensation.
Trucks such as tractor-trailers, haulers, semi-trucks, big-rigs, tanker trucks, refrigerator trucks, etc. are the lifeline of California’s economy and are used to transport raw materials, finished goods, food, machinery, gasoline, etc. into and out of the state; and, without the trucking industry, everything would come to a grinding halt in California. However, these trucks are also the most common cause of serious accidents and fatalities. There were around 4,000 truck and bus collisions in the U.S. in the year 2014 and in 2015, there were around 300 fatal truck collisions in California.
A large truck collision is a very serious event that can be fatal or can cause devastating injuries that may require a long-term stay at the hospital, care and rehabilitation. In addition, it may result in PTSD. The injuries along with the financial burden of the medical care bills can be rather overwhelming.
This is where a trucking accident lawyer can help you understand whether to file a personal injury lawsuit against the trucking company. They can help you to gather the required evidence, work with witnesses, establish the fault of the truck driver, etc. And, as a victim of a truck accident, the trucking accident lawyer can help you receive compensation for the following:
- Cost of medical treatment including hospital costs, payments for doctor visits, the cost for medicines. Physical therapy costs and cost for any other care required because of the accident.
- Compensation for pain and emotional trauma and suffering.
- Loss of wages for the time you were away from work recovering from your injuries. And, if you are permanently disabled or your capacity to work in the future has been reduced, you may be entitled to receive compensation for the loss of future earnings. Damage to property i.e. if your vehicle or any other property was damaged due to the accident.